I decided that some of the shots from my excellent vacation could use a black & white film emulation. These are digital shots converted to b&w with a (real) TMax 400 film texture.
We had already completed two hikes which to us were special – our one-way traverse of Gothics & Sawteeth and our first “unmaintained” hike up Street & Nye. After making them both easily, our new 46er mentors gave us a new challenge, for a secret passage up the back of Phelps Mountain.
Having successfully navigated a one-way traverse of Gothics & Sawteeth, and with the encouragement of our new 46er mentors, we decided to hike our first “unmaintained” trail to Street Mountain and Nye Mountain.
The views from 4,736-foot Gothics were wonderful. We had a perfect day again.
Mount Marcy, at 5,344 feet, is the highest mountain in the Adirondacks. It is also the most hiked of the 46 high peaks, which is a little odd to me since it is a 14.6-mile round trip taking the usual way from the Adirondack Loj (pronounced ‘lodge’).
We made it fairly easily up to 4,173-foot Lower Wolfjaw which offered better views on the way than on the top, and then went back down-and-up to get to 4,173-foot Upper Wolfjaw. After lunch on Upper Wolfjaw, we easily had enough in us to make it down-and-up again to 4,400-foot Armstrong.
Wanting to ease into 2012, we decided that our first hike was up 4,240-foot Big Slide. The scenery on the hike up to Big Slide was varied and had enough climbing to be interesting and challenging.
Our first time up we were new to hiking (Cascade was our first high peak) we didn’t think to take the side hike to Porter Mountain. This time we did both, two peaks in one day.
Algonquin is the second-highest peak in all of New York, at 5,114 feet, and the hike was terrific.
Day 2 saw a quick and easy hike up Baxter Mountain.
Hurricane Mountain isn’t one of the 4,000-foot ‘high peaks’, but it is a wonderfully difficult climb with an old fire tower at the top.
Despite our unpreparedness in pretty much all aspects, we made it to the summit. It was breathtaking. 4,627-foot Giant dominates the Keene valley to the east of the Great Range, offering spectacular sweeping views.
Cascade Mountain is, along with Mount Marcy, the most popular summit in the Adirondacks. It benefits from a relatively short 3-mile hike which starts from well-traveled Route 73 and spectacular 360 degree panoramic views.